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April 20, 2015

SENATOR KEL SELIGER: RECUPERATES AFTER MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

At around 5:00 P.M. yesterday afternoon, Senator Kel Seliger was in a motorcycle accident involving a vehicle whose driver was cited at the scene. While the senator sustained several injuries and underwent surgery this morning, he is recuperating comfortably.

From Senator Kel Seliger


April 20, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: STATEMENT ON REP. PHIL KING'S CORRUPTION PROTECTION ACT

"Today, the House passed Representative Phil King’s (HD61 – Weatherford) Corruption Protection Act - a bill clearly crafted to protect public corruption rather than end it.

From Lone Star Project


April 20, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CHAIRMAN CHRISTI CRADDICK GUEST-LECTURES AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY ENERGY LAW LECTURE SERIES

Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick today served as a guest lecturer at Texas Tech University School of Law’s Energy Law Lecture Series.

From Texas Railroad Commission


April 20, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON CHARGES HOUSTON-BASED "DIPLOMA MILL" WITH FRAUD

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today filed a lawsuit against a Houston-based learning center for unlawfully marketing and selling fraudulent high school diplomas and transcripts.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 20, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DREW DARBY: STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE TO HOUSE BILL 40

Representative Drew Darby issued the following statement this afternoon following the passage of the committee substitute to House Bill 40 by a bipartisan vote of 125-20:

From Representative Drew Darby


April 20, 2015

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GENERAL INVESTIGATING AND ETHICS: REQUESTS AGENCY CONTRACTS

From House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics


April 20, 2015

FAITH LEADERS FOR FAIR LENDING: LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING FOCUSES ON TEXAS PAYDAY LENDING REFORM EFFORTS

Faith Leaders for Fair Lending will host a Legislative Staff Briefing at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in the Texas Capitol Auditorium. The event will highlight all the payday and auto-title lending reform bills that have been filed during the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature.

From Faith Leaders for Fair Lending


April 20, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: FIRST PRINCIPLE FOR EDUCATION REFORM SHOULD BE SCHOOL CHOICE

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement about Republican education reform: “The Senate is currently considering reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—also known as ‘No Child Left Behind.’

From Senator Ted Cruz


April 20, 2015

TEXAS EXES: STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON ON SELECTION OF UT-AUSTIN PRESIDENT

The University of Texas will be in excellent hands with Greg Fenves as its next president. He has distinguished himself as a scholar and as an administrator, and we commend the regents and Chancellor McRaven on selecting him to lead one of the great public teaching and research universities in the country.

From Texas Exes


April 20, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: FENVES OFFICIALLY NAMED PRESIDENT OF UT AUSTIN

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has named Gregory L. Fenves the next president of The University of Texas at Austin. Fenves will assume the role leading the UT System’s flagship university on June 3.

From The University of Texas System


April 20, 2015

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: WELCOMES FENVES AS NEW UT AUSTIN PRESIDENT

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement after the UT System Board of Regents voted to appoint Dr. Gregory L. Fenves as the next president of UT Austin:

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


April 20, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SUPPORTS FLORIDA'S DECISION TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST EXPANSION OF OBAMACARE

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement supporting Governor Rick Scott’s (R-FL) decision to take legal action against the Obama administration for halting federal funds in an attempt to force states to expand Obamacare:

From Office of the Governor


April 20, 2015

STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY: RELEASES TV AD IN TEXAS

Students for Concealed Carry today unveiled a television ad and website (www.WhyCampusCarry.com) aimed at rebutting the misinformation and false claims spread by opponents of pending legislation to legalize the licensed concealed carry of handguns on Texas college campuses.

From Students for Concealed Carry


April 20, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS FIGHT FOR PUBLIC SAFETY DURING OPEN CARRY DEBATE

Today, the Texas House passed H.B. 910, the Tea Party’s open carry bill. House Democrats used every tactic at their disposal to lessen the damage of open carry on public safety, offering many amendments and utilizing the House rules of debate.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 20, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN TO BE INDUCTED INTO ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Texas native and legendary blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 18 in Cleveland, Ohio.

From Office of the Governor


April 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT RELEASES 2014 TAX RETURN

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today released his tax return for 2014, in keeping with his pledge to release tax returns each year he serves as governor. Governor Abbott previously released his 2011-2013 tax returns during his campaign for governor.

From Office of the Governor


April 17, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MYRA CROWNOVER: STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF HB40

Today, I voted for what I believe is a reasonable compromise in House Bill 40, a bill that attempts to regulate oil and gas operations in this state.

From Representative Myra Crownover


April 17, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: ADVOCATES $3 BILLION INCREASE TO SCHOOLS FUNDING

From Representative J.M. Lozano


April 17, 2015

TDP: SAN ANTONIO POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS RACIAL PROFILING BILL IS BAD FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

Republican State Senator Charles Perry (Lubbock) is trying to pass an Arizona-style “show me your papers” law in Texas -- a bill that essentially legalizes racial profiling. Despite strong opposition from top law enforcement agents across Texas, Perry refuses to drop this bill.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 17, 2015

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF CSHB 40

“The Texas Oil & Gas Association applauds the Texas House of Representatives for passing CSHB 40, which clarifies the responsibilities of cities and the state for regulating the oil and gas industry.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


April 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: THE PRESIDENT MUST FOLLOW THE RULE OF LAW

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today defended an injunction stopping the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional executive amnesty program from taking effect. The Texas-led coalition of 26 states made its case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 17, 2015

TEXAS ENVIRONMENT: STATEMENT ON TEXAS HOUSE'S PASSAGE OF HB 40

Texas Campaign for the Environment Executive Director Robin Schneider made the following statement on the passage of HB 40, the pre-emption of local ordinances on oil and gas production in Texas:

From Texas Environment


April 17, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: THANKS ARMY SEC. MCHUGH FOR EXTENDING BENEFITS TO FORT HOOD SOLDIERS

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas today released the following statement upon learning that Secretary of the Army John McHugh has ordered the U.S. Army to provide all possible benefits to the victims of the 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood who were recently awarded the Purple Heart medal:

From Senator Ted Cruz


April 17, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JASON VILLALBA: ANNOUNCES TWO BILLS COMBATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TEXAS

Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) authored and filed two important bills addressing domestic violence in Texas. The two pieces of legislation aim to inform the public of repeat offenders and to look at the punishment given to repeat offenders.

From Representative Jason Villalba


April 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON MARCH JOB NUMBERS

The Texas Workforce Commission today announced the State of Texas has achieved its lowest unemployment rate since 2007, dropping to 4.2 percent in March despite a seasonally adjusted employment decrease of 25,400 jobs.

From Office of the Governor


April 17, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: APRIL MARKS NATIONAL SAFE DIGGING MONTH

As Texans begin spring planting and outdoor projects, it is an important time to remind the public they must call 811 before digging and follow safe practices to help prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages.

From Texas Railroad Commission


April 17, 2015

TEXAS ENVIRONMENT: ON SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF WEST EXPLOSION, LEGISLATORS CONSIDER LOOSENING LIMITS ON DANGEROUS INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES

On the second anniversary of the explosion that rocked the Central Texas community of West, killing 15 people and destroying more than 150 buildings Texas representatives will consider legislation which strips away even more protections on industrial activity for Texas communities.

From Texas Environment


April 16, 2015

TDP: REPUBLICANS HAVE BECOME THE ANTI-BUSINESS PARTY

There is no surprise that Tea Partiers have taken over the reins of the GOP and injected their fringe agenda into the 84th Texas Legislature. As award-winning journalist Richard Parker explained in today’s Dallas Morning News editorial:

From Texas Democratic Party


April 16, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SB 1287 REQUIRING THE LICENSING OF FORENSIC ANALYSTS PASSES OUT OF THE SENATE

Today, Senate Bill 1287 authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was voted out of the Senate and will advance to the House for consideration. SB 1287 requires the Forensic Science Commission to establish a process for licensing forensic analysts and requires forensic analysts to obtain licensing by January 1, 2019.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 16, 2015

TEXAS FARM BUREAU: STATEMENT ON HOUSE VOTE TO REPEAL DEATH TAX

"The House vote today to permanently repeal the death tax is a huge step toward maintaining the integrity of farms, ranches and small businesses across America.

From Texas Farm Bureau


April 16, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN BABIN: VOTES TO CUT TAXES FOR TEXAS TAXPAYERS

U.S. Representative Brian Babin (TX-36) voted today for House-passage of two important bills that cut taxes and provide certainty for Texas taxpayers, the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act (H.R. 622) and the Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 1105).

From Representative Brian Babin


April 16, 2015

TEXAS IMPACT: TEXAS FAITH LEADERS CALL ON LEGISLATORS TO SET ASIDE HARMFUL RELIGIOUS BILLS

Leaders from a number of Texas religious communities expressed grave concern at a press conference today regarding legislators' unprecedented efforts in the current legislative session to influence the affairs of religious organizations.

From Texas Impact


April 16, 2015

TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION: ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF NEW CAMPAIGN FINANCE SOFTWARE

The Texas Ethics Commission today announced it will release its new campaign finance filing software on April 28, 2015. The new filing software is a web-based application that is accessible with PC and MAC computers, and is designed to make filing campaign finance reports easier and more intuitive.

From Texas Ethics Commission


April 16, 2015

YELLOW CAB: HB 2440 AMENDMENT ENSURES A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR ALL TEXAS TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES

Texas community and business leaders have endorsed an amendment to HB 2440 that would protect local communities, ensure greater transparency in the marketplace, preserve local control and level the playing field for all Transportation Network Companies (TNCs).

From Yellow Cab


April 16, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK ON PASSAGE OF PARENT EMPOWERMENT BILL

Senate Education Chair Larry Taylor's Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) passed out of the Senate today. "No parent should have to wait five years before being allowed to intervene in their child's under-performing school," said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 16, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT REGARDING SB 14, THE "PARENT TRIGGER" BILL

SB 14, the so-called “parent trigger” bill that for schools rated by the state to be failing would allow parents to make operational changes at schools, from hiring new administrators to converting the school into a charter, passed the Senate floor today.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


April 16, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CULBERSON: TELLS OBAMA IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL, WHEN LAW SAYS 'SHALL' IT'S NOT OPTIONAL

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) today issued the following statement after questioning Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah R. Saldaña during a Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing:

From Representative John Culberson


April 15, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: PASSES SB 1135, THE RELATIONSHIP PRIVACY ACT

Yesterday, Senator Garcia passed Senate Bill (SB) 1135, the Relationship Privacy Act, on the Senate floor. SB 1335 provides justice for victims who have had nude or sexually explicit images posted on the internet without their permission by someone who is seeking revenge.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


April 15, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SB 66 REQUIRING EPINEPHRINE AUTO-INJECTORS IN SCHOOLS PASSES OUT OF THE SENATE

Today, Senate Bill 66, authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and relating to the use of epinephrine auto-injectors on public school and open-enrollment charter school campuses, passed out of the Senate and moves on to the House for consideration.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: STATEMENT ON ANY BUDGET WITHOUT PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

Today is "Tax Day" and the perfect opportunity for me to once again reiterate my position regarding property tax reductions for struggling Texans. I continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Governor Greg Abbott who said in his State of the State address, "I will also insist on property tax reduction.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 15, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE PASSES SB 200 REORGANIZING TEXAS' HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

The Texas Senate today unanimously approved SB 200 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the Sunset legislation for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).

From Senator Jane Nelson


April 15, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: OFFERS AMENDMENTS TO EXPAND MEDICAID

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) offered a floor amendment to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but the amendment was voted down on party lines. "Everyone has the right to affordable health care," said Senator Ellis.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


April 15, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: VIDEO: TEXAS AG KEN PAXTON IS LYING

There is no artful way to say it – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is our highest ranking law enforcement official, is lying about his felony violation of Texas criminal law and his direct involvement in a shady Collin County land scheme.

From Lone Star Project


April 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT TOUTS FRANCHISE TAX PROPOSAL ON TAX DAY

Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a press conference with Ellen Wood, co-founder and CEO of vcfo, a finance, human resources and recruiting professional services firm with Texas-based offices in Austin, Houston and Dallas, to promote his plan to reduce the business franchise tax.

From Office of the Governor


April 15, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE PASSES LEGISLATION BY SENATOR HINOJOSA TO PRESERVE TERP AND INCREASE FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION

Today, the Senate Committee on Transportation considered and passed Senate Bill (S.B.) 321 by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, relating to the amount of money transferred monthly from the state highway fund to the Texas emissions reduction plan fund.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 15, 2015

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: TEXAS SHOULD PASS TEXTING BAN DURING DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and, unfortunately, we don't have to look far to understand the terrible toll that distracted driving is taking on Texas families.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


April 15, 2015

SAVE TEXAS SCHOOLS: RALLY AT THE TEXAS CAPITOL THIS SATURDAY APRIL 18TH

Thousands of Texans from around the state will rally at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas on Saturday, April 18th to tell legislators that they cannot continue the practice of underfunding and over-testing our schools!

From Save Texas Schools


April 15, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: PRO-LIFE TEXANS OPPOSE HB 3074 BY REPRESENTATIVE DREW SPRINGER

The Committee on State Affairs in the Texas House of Representatives will hear testimony on HB 3074 and the revised version, a bill being marketed as reform to the Texas Advance Directives Law.

From Texas Right to Life


April 15, 2015

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION RESOURCES: STATE OF TEXAS CYBERSECURITY COORDINATOR NAMED

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) announced the promotion of Edward Block to serve as the State of Texas Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Edward brings years of experience at DIR in cybersecurity management, having most recently served as Interim CISO since February.

From Texas Department of Information Resources


April 15, 2015

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: VICTORY! CONGRESS FINALLY REPEALS FLAWED MEDICARE FUNDING FORMULA

“An immense weight has been lifted from the shoulders of American medicine. On behalf of the 48,000 physician and medical student members of the Texas Medical Association, I extend my sincere thanks to the United States Senate — especially our own Sen. John Cornyn — for taking this momentous step.

From Texas Medical Association


April 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT OP-ED: FRANCHISE TAX RELIEF IS ESSENTIAL TO TEXAS ECONOMY

The best job creation program is tax reduction. April 15 is an appropriate day to re-evaluate our tax structure and to find ways to reduce taxes on our citizens. This year, it is projected that Americans will pay well over $4 trillion in federal, state and local taxes.

From Office of the Governor


April 15, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: PASSES MAJOR JOB CREATION BILL OUT OF SENATE

Today, Senate Bill (S.B.) 100 by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, relating to the Texas Enterprise Zone Program, passed unanimously out of the Texas Senate. S.B. 100 now heads to the Texas House of Representative for consideration.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 15, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SB 888 IMMEDIATE APPEAL OF ADULT CERTIFICATION BY SENATOR HINOJOSA PASSES OUT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Today, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed SB 888, authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, to allow juveniles to immediately appeal an adult certification. Senate Bill 888 provides fairness and equity in the appeals process by granting youth the opportunity to appeal their certification prior to trial and conviction in an adult court.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 15, 2015

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: SENATOR BURTON COMMENTS ON HER BUDGET VOTE

Tuesday, Senator Burton voted in support of the committee substitute for HB 1. “I’m grateful for Senator Nelson and the entire Senate Finance Committee who spent time crafting this budget,” stated Burton.

From Konni Burton Campaign


April 15, 2015

SENATOR CARLOS URESTI: RESPONDS TO SENATE PASSAGE OF HB 1

The Texas Senate passed HB 1, the state budget for the 2016-2017 biennium today. Senator Carlos Uresti, appointed to the Senate Finance Committee for the first time, joined 29 Senators in voting aye on the budget. Uresti spoke on the Senate floor to highlight the increase of $122 million for Child Protective Services prevention programs.

From Senator Carlos Uresti


April 15, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: ON PASSAGE OF STATE BUDGET

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) made the following statement after the Senate passage of the state budget, Committee Substitute House Bill 1: "I want to commend Chairwoman Nelson and our Finance Committee members for standing strong for Texas taxpayers.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


April 15, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT REGARDING SENATE BUDGET VOTE

Today, the Senate passed its version of the state budget. The House previously passed a different version, and the next step is for a Conference Committee to reconcile the two versions into a final budget.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


April 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON FILES BRIEF DEFENDING INJUNCTION STOPPING PRESIDENT'S ILLEGAL AMNESTY

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a supplemental brief defending an injunction secured by a Texas-led 26-state coalition halting the Obama Administration’s attempt to grant executive amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 14, 2015

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: TEXAS SENATE PASSES SENATOR ZAFFIRINI'S CONTRACTING REFORM LEGISLATION

The Texas Senate today (Tuesday) approved unanimously comprehensive legislation by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, that would strengthen oversight and management of state contracts. "Poor management of some contracts results in inadequate delivery of goods and services and costs taxpayers millions of dollars," Senator Zaffirini said.

From Senator Judith Zaffirinii


April 14, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SENATE PASSES STATE BUDGET

Today, the Senate passed CSHB 1, the Senate's version of the appropriations bill for the 2016-17 biennium, by a vote of 30-1. The budget appropriates over $107.4 billion in General Revenue and $211.38 billion in All Funds and includes a $4.5 billion tax relief package.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 14, 2015

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION: TAKE CHARGE OF BUSINESS AT THE TEXAS BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN SAN MARCOS

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will host San Marcos-area employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers at the Texas Business Conference employment law update on Friday, May 1, at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center.

From Texas Workforce Commission


April 14, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK ON PASSAGE OF SENATE BUDGET

Today, a fiscally responsible and strong Senate budget, Committee Substitute for House Bill 1 (HB 1) by Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson, passed 30-1. "Texans have declared they want leadership that keeps this state the beacon of economic prosperity and freedom," said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 14, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE PASSES STATE BUDGET

The Texas Senate today approved CSHB 1, the appropriations bill sponsored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. The bill, which reflects the Senate's version of the state budget for 2016-17, passed by a vote of 30-1. CSHB 1 appropriates $211.38 billion in All Funds, including tax relief.

From Senator Jane Nelson


April 14, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: 2015 BARBARA JORDAN MEDIA AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities today announced the winners of the 2015 Barbara Jordan Media Awards, as selected by a panel of judges consisting of journalists, professionals in the field of disabilities and individuals with disabilities.

From Office of the Governor


April 14, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER DAVID PORTER DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CAREER DAY

Railroad Commissioner David Porter today spoke to high school students at the Brentwood Christian School Career Day in Austin. Commissioner Porter shared with students the value of public service as a possible career path and the impact they can have on their communities.

From Texas Railroad Commission


April 14, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: BELIEVES SENATE BUDGET FALLS SHORT OF FUNDING STATE PRIORITIES

Today, Senator Sylvia Garcia voted against the Senate's State Budget proposal. The Senate Budget failed to address billions of dollars in identified needs such as: education, facilities, healthcare, pre-k, and transportation.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


April 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GENE WU: HOUSE PASSES REPRESENTATIVE WU'S PUBLIC SAFETY BILLS

Representative Wu passed in the House with overwhelming approval HB 418 and HB 497, two bills aimed at protecting public safety. HB 497 has passed the House by a vote of 144-1.

From Representative Gene Wu


April 14, 2015

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: NEW STATEWIDE BASELICE POLL SHOWS 80% OF TEXAS VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY FAVOR INCREASING MEDICAID FUNDING FOR NURSING HOME CARE

Eighty percent of respondents in a statewide poll of nearly 1,000 Texas voters, say they are in favor of increasing Medicaid for nursing home care for elderly beneficiaries after learning Texas’ Medicaid rate for nursing homes pays only about $6 an hour for long term care services.

From Texas Health Care Association


April 14, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT: HEARING SET TODAY AT THE TEXAS CAPITOL FOR HOUSE BILL 1102 TO ELIMINATE THE CIVIL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS

The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) championed a bill sponsored by a bi-partisan group of representatives on behalf of child victims of sexual violence. The bill would eliminate the statute of limitations for civil law suits arising from child sexual abuse, which is currently only 5 years.

From Texas Association Against Sexual Assault


April 14, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SB 204 SUNSET LEGISLATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES VOTED OUT OF SENATE

Today, Senate Bill 204 authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was voted out of the Senate and will advance to the House for consideration. SB 204 is Sunset legislation for the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), the state agency that provides and regulates long-term care services for people with disabilities and the aging.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 13, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: ON SENATE'S HISTORIC VOTE TO REAFFIRM TEXAS SOVEREIGNTY

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) made the following statement after the historic Senate passage of his signature state sovereignty legislation, Senate Concurrent Resolution 1:

From Senator Brandon Creighton


April 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: PRE-K IN TEXAS

Last week I was proud to vote with an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority of the Texas House to pass HB 4 which strengthens pre-kindergarten education in the state.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


April 13, 2015

DON HUFFINES CAMPAIGN: SENATOR DON HUFFINES KEEPS HIS TRANSPORTATION PROMISES

Senator Don Huffines (R- SD 16) is keeping his promises to the residents of Senate District 16 by filing bills and advocating for legislation that will enhance Texas' transportation system.

From Don Huffines Campaign


April 13, 2015

TEXAS FORWARD: ON EVE OF HOUSE HEARING, 25 GROUPS WARN LEGISLATURE TAX PLAN COULD CAUSE MORE SCHOOL & HEALTH CUTS

Today 25 organizations sent a letter to legislative leaders warning that the nearly $5 billion tax cut proposals they are considering are likely to cause a repeat of the deep cuts to education and health programs that occurred in 2011.

From Texas Forward


April 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: JOINS EFFORT TO COMBAT UNDERAGE DRINKING

From Representative Helen Giddings


April 13, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: TESLA & CAR DEALERS BOTH UP THE ANTE

Tesla Motors and Texas auto dealers both revved up their political spending as the electric-car maker again tries to overturn a law that bars direct sales of Teslas to Texas consumers.

From Texans for Public Justice


April 13, 2015

SENATOR JOSE MENENDEZ: LAYS OUT "EUTHANASIA AS LAST RESORT" BILL

State Senator José Menéndez filed Senate Bill 1781 to protect the lives of innocent animals and prevent killing out of convenience. Today, he will present the bill to the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.

From Senator Jose Menendez


April 13, 2015

TEXANS FOR EDUCATION REFORM: CHALLENGES MISINFORMATION ON TEACHER EVALUATION BILL

Texans for Education Reform issued the following statement today in support of the Teacher Evaluation and Development Bill authored by State Senator Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and State Representative Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown.

From Texans for Education Reform


April 13, 2015

TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: HEGAR MARKS 100 DAYS IN OFFICE WITH TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS

To mark his first 100 Days in office, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today published the agency’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights outlining his continued commitment to equitable and courteous treatment of Texas taxpayers.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


April 13, 2015

THE COALITION FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: VOUCHER BILL TO HIT SENATE FLOOR

The Texas Senate is poised to consider as early as next week a bill creating a voucher scheme that would have the state subsidizing private and religious schools, the coordinator for the Coalition for Public Schools warned today.

From The Coalition for Public Schools


April 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: TAKES UNIQUE APPROACH TO INCREASE ROAD FUNDING

State Representative Ron Simmons laid out House Bill 373 in the House Transportation Committee hearing on Thursday, April 9, 2015. If passed, HB 373 has the potential to add $20 billion to the state highway fund (SHF) by 2021.

From Representative Ron Simmons


April 13, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: FEDERAL COURT REJECTS SIGNIFICANT PORTIONS OF EPA'S GREENHOUSE GAS RULES

Today a federal court invalidated significant portions of the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas rules as unlawful and directed the agency to rescind and revise its regulation following a lawsuit filed by Texas and other petitioners. Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement:

From Office of the Attorney General


April 10, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: COMMISSIONER GEORGE P. BUSH THANKS RETIRING CHIEF CLERK LARRY LAINE FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE

After serving for more than a dozen years as Chief Clerk at the Texas General Land Office, Larry Laine announced that he is retiring effective later this month. "Larry Laine has been a key leader here at the Land Office for many years," Commissioner George P. Bush said.

From Texas General Land Office


April 10, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN'T RE-WRITE THE LAW

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas today declined the U.S. Department of Labor's request to dissolve its preliminary injunction issued last month preventing its unconstitutional revisions to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) from taking effect.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 10, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: FIRST LADY CECILIA ABBOTT ADDRESSES #STAND4FREEDOM RALLY ON TEXAS ENDING MODERN SLAVERY DAY

First Lady Cecilia Abbott today addressed attendants of the Texas Ending Modern Slavery Day #Stand4Freedom Rally on the south steps of the Texas Capitol.

From Office of the Governor


April 10, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: STATEMENT ON TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD'S VOTE TO SEVERELY RESTRICT TELEMEDICINE

The Texas Medical Board was very shortsighted in its decision to severely restrict telemedicine. Texas companies such as Teladoc have been instrumental in getting care to patients when they need it while helping keep insurance premiums at an affordable level.

From Texas Association of Business


April 10, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: CALLS FOR ABBOTT TO OPPOSE CONVERSION OF AL PRICE FACILITY

In light of the recent push from the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management to convert the Al Price State Juvenile Facility into a halfway house for civil commitment violent sexual offenders, Senator Creighton penned a letter to Governor Greg Abbott asking him to join in the opposition of this effort.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


April 10, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON ENCOURAGES TEXANS TO RECOGNIZE APRIL AS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement today in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month: “Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment free from fear, abuse and neglect.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 10, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON REACHES AGREEMENT WITH DENTAL SUPPLY DISTRIBUTOR OVER ANTICOMPETITIVE CONDUCT

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the settlement of an antitrust investigation into Pennsylvania-based Benco Dental Supply Company’s participation in an illegal group boycott in the dental supply market.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 10, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: LAWMAKERS LINE UP TO END FRACK ATTACKS

The energy industry is the state's most generous to political candidates. No wonder lawmakers are flocking around bills to block local government restrictions on fracking operations.

From Texans for Public Justice


April 10, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ATTENDS FORT HOOD PURPLE HEART MEDAL CEREMONY

Governor Greg Abbott today attended the Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom Medal Ceremony honoring the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood terrorist attack.

From Office of the Governor


April 10, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: THE FOURTH ANNUAL SABOR DEL NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, residents, businesses, schools and community organizations will come together to host the third annual Sabor Del Northside, a free, public community festival, from 11am to 4pm at Castillo Park, 1100 Quitman St.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


April 10, 2015

TEXANS FOR CONSUMER FREEDOM: TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF MEXICAN AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE SUPPORTS EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE ANTI-COMPETITIVE TABC LAWS

The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), the state’s leading Hispanic business organization, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in supporting legislation that would eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.

From Texans for Consumer Freedom


April 10, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN ZERWAS: LEADS HIGHER EDUCATION BILLS THROUGH HOUSE

Today t h e Texas House of Representatives gave final approval to legislation that will provide every public higher education institution in this state with authority to issue bonds for capital construction projects.

From Representative John Zerwas


April 10, 2015

THE COALITION FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: VOUCHER BILL SET TO HIT SENATE FLOOR

The Texas Senate is poised to consider as early as next week a bill creating a voucher scheme that would have the state subsidizing private and religious schools, the coordinator for the Coalition for Public Schools warned today.

From The Coalition for Public Schools


April 10, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE R.D. "BOBBY" GUERRA: HEALTHCARE DISTRICT PASSES OUT OF COUNTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Today, House Committee on County Affairs passed HB 1596, authored by State Representative R.D. “Bobby” Guerra (D-41), to create a Healthcare District in Hidalgo County. The Valley delegation including the Senate is working collectively on this critical piece of legislation to ensure its intended outcomes are met.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra


April 10, 2015

SENATOR LOIS KOLKHORST: PASSES SB 474 TO PROTECT LANDOWNERS' PROPERTY RIGHTS

In passing Senate Bill 474, Kolkhorst's legislation will help level the playing field for landowners. This bill requires condemnors to pay the costs and fees incurred by landowners in eminent domain proceedings if the amount of damages awarded to the landowner is at least 20 percent greater than the initial amount the entity offered to pay.

From Senator Lois Kolkhorst


April 9, 2015

TEXAS TAXPAYERS AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATION: TEXAS' LEADING BUSINESS GROUPS SUPPORT HOUSE TAX CUT PLAN

Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) today shared the Texas House Tax Plan. The Texas House Plan proposes a $4.87 billion cut and, for the first time ever, reduces sales taxes paid by all Texans. The plan also includes an aggressive cut to the franchise tax for all businesses.

From Texas Taxpayers and Research Association


April 9, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK ON SENATE'S HISTORIC ACTION TO LIMIT GOVERNMENT SPENDING

Today, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) by Senator Kelly Hancock. "This historic bill has been a priority for more than a decade and I am proud that the Texas Senate has finally accomplished this goal," said Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 9, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: REACTS TO PASSAGE OF SB 9

Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) releases the following statement regarding the Senate passage of SB 9, the bill that further restricts the constitutional limit on the rate of growth of appropriations:

From Senator Rodney Ellis


April 9, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARY GONZALEZ: HAS TWO BILLS VOTED OUT OF TEXAS HOUSE

Today, two bills authored by State Rep. Mary E. González were passed out of the Texas House of Representatives. These bills, House Bill 75 and House Bill 77, are two pieces of priority legislation for the Representative:

From Representative Mary Gonzalez


April 9, 2015

SENATOR CARLOS URESTI: PASSES MAJOR ALTERNATIVE FUELS INITIATIVE

Today the Texas Senate took a historic step in promoting the use of alternative fuels produced in Texas. Senate Bill 12 by Senator Carlos Uresti will create a program that will convert the state fleet to natural gas and other alternative fuels, as well as fund the construction of a limited number of fueling stations.

From Senator Carlos Uresti


April 9, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: TERMINALLY ILL TEXANS GIVEN A BETTER CHANCE TO FIGHT AND WIN

Senator Paul Bettencourt, author along with twenty of his fellow Senators, passed SB 694, the “Right to Try” legislation, unanimously 31-0. The bill has solid bi-partisan support. Senator Bettencourt said, "I am honored to have the support of every Texas Senator to let patients and doctors fight terminally ill cancer diagnoses."

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


April 9, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE OSCAR LONGORIA: TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES H.B. 12 BY REP. LONGORIA

Today, the Texas House of Representatives, with a unanimous vote of 143, voted to pass House Bill 12 by State Representative Oscar Longoria (D-La Joya). This legislation codifies the Border Prosecution Unit (BPU), formalizing the organizational structure of the BPU and providing a statutory basis for its operations, duties and responsibilities.

From Representative Oscar Longoria


April 9, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ADDRESSES HOUSTON HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Governor Greg Abbott traveled to Houston today to address the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, America’s largest Hispanic Chamber comprised of over 4,000 Hispanic business owners and community leaders.

From Office of the Governor


April 9, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ISSUES SPECIAL ELECTION CALL FOR HD-124 RUNOFF

Governor Greg Abbott today ordered a special election runoff to be held in House District 124 on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, for the purpose of electing a state representative to serve the remainder of term of the Honorable José Menéndez.

From Office of the Governor


April 9, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE PASSES SB 55 CREATING TEXAS VETERANS INITIATIVE

The Texas Senate today unanimously passed SB 55 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to create the Texas Veterans Initiative, a grant program designed to help communities across Texas provide mental health services for veterans.

From Senator Jane Nelson


April 9, 2015

YELLOW CAB: TEXAS CITY AND BUSINESS LEADERS CONDEMN HB 2440

Texas community and business leaders joined together to voice their strong opposition to HB 2440, a bill introduced by Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) scheduled to be heard tomorrow before the Texas House Transportation Committee, that would remove authority to regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) from local governments and endow the state with the authority to govern that sector of public transportation providers.

From Yellow Cab


April 9, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: HONORING COURAGE AND BRAVERY IN THE DEFENSE OF FREEDOM AT FORT HOOD

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statement on the eve of the U.S. Army’s ceremony at Fort Hood to award the Purple Heart and the Medal for the Defense of Freedom to those who were injured or killed in the Fort Hood terrorist attack of November 5, 2009.

From Senator Ted Cruz


April 9, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTS STATE BUDGET

Today, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved CSHB 1, the Senate's version of the appropriations bill for the 2016-17 biennium. The budget appropriates over $107.4 billion in General Revenue and $211.38 billion in All Funds and includes a $4.5 billion tax relief package.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 9, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ERIC JOHNSON: VOTES NO ON GOVERNOR'S PRE-K LEGISLATION

State Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) today voted against House Bill 4 by Representative Dan Huberty (R-Harris), which is the Governor’s pre-k bill. The bill passed on a vote of 129 to 18. Johnson was the lone Democrat to vote against the bill.

From Representative Eric Johnson


April 9, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON HB 4 VOTE

Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement following the passage of HB 4 to third reading by the Texas House of Representatives: “The road to elevating Texas to become first in the nation for education begins with pre-k, and I applaud the Texas House of Representatives for recognizing the critical importance of providing high-quality pre-k for our children to build a strong foundation for future success.

From Office of the Governor


April 9, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS ON HOUSE PRE-K BILL

Today, the Texas House debated H.B. 4, a bill that would provide additional funding for pre-k programs that meet high quality standards. Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal Kay Perkins issued the following statement.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK ON PUBLIC INTEGRITY UNIT LEGISLATION

Today the Texas Senate advanced Senate Bill 10 (SB 10) by State Affairs Chair Senator Joan Huffman. SB 10 by Sen. Huffman will move the Public Integrity Unit, which is responsible for an initial investigation into complaints alleging offenses against public administration, into the Texas Ranger Division of the Department of Public Safety.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 8, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: COMMITTEE TO HEAR DANGEROUS BILLS MASQUERADING AS PRO-LIFE

Today, the House Committee on State Affairs will hear testimony on the weak versions of Pro-Life bills. Texas Right to Life has visited and met with staff in both offices about the shortfalls of the language in both HB 3130 and HB 2351; we are unclear if our concerns will be addressed.

From Texas Right to Life


April 8, 2015

TDP: ANTI-LATINO DAY IN DAN PATRICK'S TEA PARTY SENATE

Today, the Texas Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee advanced two bills that target minority communities and Texas students. S.B. 185, a bill which legalizes racial profiling, and S.B. 1819, the Tea Party’s repeal of the bipartisan 2001 Texas Dream Act will now move forward for a full vote in the Texas Senate.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: STATEMENT ON HOUSE AND SENATE TAX RELIEF PLANS

I appreciate the hard work of Ways and Means Chairman, Representative Dennis Bonnen. However, his plan, that does not include any property tax relief to homeowners, is out of step with Texans, my office, the Senate and the Governor, who said in his State of the State address, "I will reject any budget that does not include genuine tax relief to Texas employers and job creators.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 8, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES STATE BUDGET

The Senate Finance Committee today unanimously approved CSHB 1, the appropriations bill sponsored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. The bill, which reflects the Senate's version of the state budget for 2016-17, passed by a unanimous vote of 15-0 and now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.

From Senator Jane Nelson


April 8, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DAN FLYNN: $4.87 BILLION TAX CUT PLAN

Representative Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) today unveiled a sweeping tax relief plan that will provide nearly $ 5 billion in permanent tax relief for every individual and business in Texas.

From Representative Dan Flynn


April 8, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: CORNYN, CRUZ ANNOUNCE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR TEXAS JUDGESHIPS

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today announced that they are accepting applications for two judicial vacancies in Texas. The Senators have established a bipartisan panel of leading attorneys in Texas to help identify the most qualified candidates to fill these vacancies.

From Senator Ted Cruz


April 8, 2015

TEXAS FORWARD: HOUSE PRIORITIZES TAX CUTS OVER THE NEEDS OF TEXAS

Representative Dennis Bonnen, Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, announced details of his tax cut package in a press conference earlier today. The House tax cuts would cost over $4.8 billion, and consist of an across-the-board franchise tax rate reduction and a sales tax cut, 41 percent of which would also benefit businesses.

From Texas Forward


April 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: EXCERPTS FROM FEDERAL JUDGE'S ORDER ADMONISHING OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR MISLEADING COURT

In an order released Tuesday evening, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas found that the Obama Administration misled the court regarding early implementation of expanded work permits to illegal immigrants and granted limited discovery in the case.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 8, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: STATEMENT ON SENATE BILL 10

"Today corrupt politicians are keeping their fingers crossed. Senator Joan Huffman’s self described 'scheme' known as the Corruption Protection Act ensures that politicians who break the law are able to get away with it.

From Lone Star Project


April 8, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: STATEMENT ON SB 10 SENATE PASSAGE

“SB 10 remains a politician’s dream posing as reform legislation. The bill creates a special legal system for the exclusive use of politicians. The bill does more to promote corruption than prosecute corruption.

From Texans for Public Justice


April 8, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JONATHAN STICKLAND: CALLS POINT OF ORDER ON HB 4

Please find attached the Point of Order called by State Rep. Jonathan Stickland against House Bill 4 today. The point of order relates to a provision added to House Bill 4 in committee which would require any pre-kindergarten teacher under the new proposed “high quality” program to obtain the “Child Development Associate” (CDA) credential.

From Representative Jonathan Stickland


April 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON LATEST RULING OVER EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement in response to District Court Judge Andrew Hanen’s order denying the Obama Administration’s request for a stay of the Court’s earlier ruling.

From Office of the Governor


April 8, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: STAAR GRADE 3-8 MATH ASSESSMENTS TO BE EXCLUDED FROM 2015 STATE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that results of 2015 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) in mathematics for grades 3–8 will be excluded from the 2015 state accountability system.

From Texas Education Agency


April 8, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS BONNEN: UNVEILS $4.87 BILLION TAX CUT PLAN

Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) today unveiled a sweeping tax relief plan that will provide nearly $5 billion in permanent tax relief for every individual and business in Texas.

From Representative Dennis Bonnen


April 8, 2015

THE TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS: SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES SB 425 TO PROTECT CONSUMERS THROUGH TRANSPARENCY FOR FREESTANDING EMERGENCY ROOMS

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) today weighed in with their support for Senate Bill 425, designed to protect Texas consumers from the often unknown expenses associated with seeking care at freestanding emergency rooms.

From The Texas Association of Health Plans


April 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK MAKES A STATEMENT ON JUDICIAL RULING AGAINST THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

"Once again, I applaud Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for securing the decision handed down by a Federal Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 8, 2015

INSURANCE COUNCIL OF TEXAS: TEXAS HOMEOWNERS SHOULD PREPARE FOR SPRING THUNDERSTORMS

In Texas, spring thunderstorms are often accompanied by tornadoes and hailstorms, sometimes causing substantial damage to homes, autos and businesses. This is a good time for homeowners, businesses and vehicle owners to look at their insurance coverage and make sure it is adequate for their property. Insurers provide $1.5 trillion in coverage for property in Texas.

From Insurance Council of Texas


April 8, 2015

TEXAS AFT: SPATE OF BAD BILLS FROM THE STATE SENATE SEEK TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION AND SEGREGATE SCHOOL CHILDREN

Louis Malfaro, president of the 65,000-member Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, commented today on education proposals debated in the Texas Legislature: Lawmakers today spent a lot of time today pushing bills that would suck money out of neighborhood schools or turn them over to charter school chains, so one has to ask, “Where’s the support for our public schools, their teachers and all Texas schoolchildren?”

From Texas AFT


April 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: FEDERAL JUDGE RULES OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MISLED COURT REGARDING EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement regarding a ruling by a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas that finds the Obama Administration misled the court regarding early implementation of expanded work permits to illegal immigrants.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: TEXAS SENATE ADVANCES EDUCATION REFORM LEGISLATION

Today, the Texas Senate advanced three priority education reform bills that will improve school accountability, help our teachers and provide school choice.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 8, 2015

TEXAS AFT: STAAR IS NOT THE MEASURE OF GOOD TEACHING, AND TEACHERS ARE WORTH MORE THAN $27,540 A YEAR!

Louis Malfaro, president of the 65,000-member Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, commented today on Senate passage of SB 893: It’s odd that while parents, educators and even a majority of legislators have spoken out against the overemphasis on standardized testing, that the Senate nevertheless has chosen to reinforce the misuse of testing with passage of SB 893.

From Texas AFT


April 8, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: TEXAS TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS ADVANCE

By an 8-3 bi-partisan vote, the Senate Education Committee passed the Tax Credit Scholarship 100 million dollar pilot program based upon SB 642, Bettencourt, as amended and rolled into SB 4, by Education Chair Larry Taylor with joint authors Senators Paul Bettencourt and Donna Campbell.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


April 8, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: LICENSING OF FORENSIC ANALYSTS BY SENATOR HINOJOSA PASSES OUT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

Today, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed SB 1287, authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, to require forensic analysts to be licensed in Texas before they can practice or testify in court.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 7, 2015

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: SENATE VOTE SHORES UP TEXAS PHYSICIAN PIPELINE

“This bill helps ensure more doctors can stay in Texas to care for Texans. “Texas physicians wholeheartedly applaud the Texas Senate for rising up in unison to support training more physicians to care for Texas patients.

From Texas Medical Association


April 7, 2015

SENATOR LOIS KOLKHORST: PASSES FIRST BILL AS SENATOR

Today the Texas Senate passed two bills authored by State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, the first legislation for her to pass as a member of the Texas Senate. In passing Senate Bill 759, Kolkhorst repeals two state taxes.

From Senator Lois Kolkhorst


April 7, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON RECOVERS $25 MILLION FOR STATE OF TEXAS, U.S. MEDICAID PROGRAM

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has resolved an enforcement action against New Jersey-based pharmaceutical product manufacturer Glenmark Generics Inc. USA. The agreement resolves the State’s investigation under the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act (“TMFPA”) against Glenmark for fraudulently reporting inflated drug prices to the Medicaid program.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 7, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JIMMIE DON AYCOCK: UNVEILS SCHOOL FINANCE REFORMS

School districts that educate 94 percent of Texas students would see an increase in per-pupil funding under a school finance proposal unveiled Tuesday. During a meeting of the Texas House Committee on Public Education, Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen) spelled out details of House Bill 1759.

From Representative Jimmie Don Aycock


April 7, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: MAJOR JOB CREATION BILL BY SENATOR HINOJOSA PASSES SENATE COMMITTEE

Today, Senate Bill (S.B.) 100 by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, relating to the Texas Enterprise Zone Program, passed unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 7, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS AGREE, TEXANS DESERVE A RAISE

Today, bills that would raise Texas’ minimum wage by Democratic Representatives Martinez Fischer, Lucio III, Thompson, Gutierrez, and McClendon are being heard in the House Business and Industry Committee. House Democratic lawmakers introduced seven bills that would raise Texas’ minimum wage up to $10.10 an hour.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 7, 2015

INDEPENDENT BANKERS ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS: TEXAS COMMUNITY BANKERS DESCEND ON CAPITOL TO DISCUSS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION UNDERWAY

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) will host Community Banking Day at the Capitol on April 8 with more than 150 community bankers from across the state coming to Austin to meet with their elected officials.

From Independent Bankers Association of Texas


April 7, 2015

TEXAS AFL-CIO: TEXAS NEEDS A RAISE; MINIMUM WAGE BILLS ARE A START

Texas needs a raise, and in particular, Texas desperately needs a raise from its deep-poverty minimum of $7.25 an hour, Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller said.

From Texas AFL-CIO


April 7, 2015

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: TEXAS HOUSE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE TO HEAR MINIMUM WAGE BILLS ON APRIL 7

On Tuesday, the House Business and Industry Committee will consider seven minimum wage bills, several of which would raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and would tie the wage to the consumer price index.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


April 7, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE PASSES SB 18 TO EXPAND GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION

The Texas Senate today unanimously approved SB 18 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to address Texas' medical workforce needs by expanding graduate medical education (GME). The bill now moves to the Texas House of Representatives for further consideration.

From Senator Jane Nelson


April 7, 2015

FEEDING TEXAS: ONE IN FIVE TEXAS HOUSEHOLDS REPORT INABILITY TO AFFORD ENOUGH FOOD

Texas households suffered extraordinarily high rates of food hardship during and after the recession, according to a new national report released today. In 2014, 18.4 percent of surveyed households said they could not consistently afford enough food.

From Feeding Texas


April 7, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: STATEMENT ON RAND PAUL'S PRESIDENTIAL BID

"Rand Paul and Ted Cruz might as well run for President, they've both been pretty useless as U.S. Senators. "I doubt Texans or folks from Kentucky will notice much of a difference. Both states have been a Senator short since Cruz and Paul were elected."

From Lone Star Project


April 7, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: LAWMAKERS, TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS, CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS OBJECT TO BILLS DISCRIMINATING AGAINST LGBT TEXANS

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) joined Representative Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) and Bill Hammond, CEO of the Texas Association of Business, to discuss their mounting concerns over bills that protect and even promote discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


April 7, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS ON RAND PAUL'S ANNOUNCEMENT

In response to Senator Rand Paul’s announcement today, Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia released the following statement, detailing how terrible Rand Paul’s record and policies are for Texas:

From Texas Democratic Party


April 7, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: LAWMAKERS, TAB, CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS CRITICIZE DISCRIMINATION BILLS

Texas lawmakers and the head of the Texas Association of Business joined with civil liberties organizations today in warning against bills filed this year that promote discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Texans, arguing that our state risks a backlash similar to that seen in Indiana and Arkansas.

From Texas Freedom Network


April 7, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RAFAEL ANCHIA: JOINS SENATOR ELLIS, BILL HAMMOND TAB TO SPEAK AGAINST ANTI-LGBT LEGISLATION

Today, at a press conference at the State Capitol, Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) joined with Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) and Bill Hammond, Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Association of Business, as well as civil liberty organizations in warning against bills filed this year that promote discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Texans, arguing that our state risks a backlash similar to that seen in Indiana and Arkansas.

From Representative Rafael Anchia


April 7, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVES SB 53

The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 53 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to require that state agencies undergo a fiscal review, also known as a zero-based budgeting review, on a rotating basis that would coincide with the agency's sunset review.

From Senator Jane Nelson


April 7, 2015

CITIZENS AGAINST LAWSUIT ABUSE: LEGAL WATCHDOG GROUP URGES SUPPORT OF BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON FRAUD AND PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER "DOUBLE-DIPPING" IN ASBESTOS LITIGATION

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) groups across Texas today urged members of the Texas House Committee on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence to support HB 1492 by Rep. Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels). The bill will crack down on personal injury lawyer fraud in asbestos litigation.

From Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse


April 7, 2015

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: OPPOSES EFFORTS TO DENY IN-STATE TUITION TO TEXAS RESIDENT NON-CITIZENS

Today CPPP Executive Director Ann Beeson testified before the Texas Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installation's Subcommittee on Border Security, opposing Senate Bill 1819 to repeal in-state tuition for resident students of Texas who are non-citizens.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


April 6, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT REGARDING "BORDER SECURITY" BILLS THAT TARGET STUDENTS AND HURT PROVEN POLICE STRATEGIES

Today, the Senate Subcommittee on Border Security is discussing SB 185 and SB 1819, bills that, respectively, target students and hurt proven police strategies to reduce crimes in our communities. Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


April 6, 2015

COLORADO RIVER ALLIANCE: HONORING 2015 RIVER HERO, THE FAMILY OF PRESIDENT AND MRS. LYNDON B. JOHNSON

The Colorado River Alliance’s annual Cocktails on the Colorado Gala will honor the 2015 River Hero, The Family of President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The annual River Hero Award celebrates individuals who protect the Texas Colorado River and honors their leadership and inspiration.

From Colorado River Alliance


April 6, 2015

TEXAS AFL-CIO: BACKS STATE VERSION OF 'DREAM ACT'

Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller issued this statement regarding the Legislature's consideration of bills that would repeal the Texas version of the "Dream Act," which allows undocumented students who have lived in Texas for at least three years to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities:

From Texas AFL-CIO


April 6, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: SENDS PAXTON COMPLAINTS TO COLLIN & DALLAS DAS- CALLS ON DA GREG WILLIS TO RECUSE HIMSELF

TPJ today called upon Collin County DA Greg Willis to recuse himself from the securities fraud investigation of Attorney General Ken Paxton in order to trigger the appointment of an independent special prosecutor.

From Texans for Public Justice


April 6, 2015

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: SUPPORTS IMMIGRANT WOMEN ON HUNGER STRIKE AT KARNES DETENTION FACILITY; DECRIES INHUMANE TREATMENT OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN

The Texas Civil Rights Project today voiced its support for 78 women at the Karnes Detention Facility who signed a letter denouncing their prolonged detention and inhumane conditions for their children.[1] The women embarked on a hunger and work strike to demand release under an order of supervision to pursue their claims for refugee status.

From Texas Civil Rights Project


April 6, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ANDREW MURR: TEXAS HOUSE PASSES CONSERVATIVE BUDGET

Earlier this week after almost continuous 18 hours of debate, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 1 and took an important step toward finalizing a budget that will be balanced and fiscally responsible for the next two years.

From Representative Andrew Murr


April 6, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: PRESSURE BUILDING TO APPOINT A PAXTON PROSECUTOR

Today the Dallas Morning News published an editorial calling for a special prosecutor to pursue criminal charges against Attorney General Ken Paxton. In the very first sentence, the editorial labels Paxton an “admitted law breaker.”

From Lone Star Project


April 6, 2015

TEXAS WINDSTORM INSURANCE ASSOCIATION: TRANSFERS MORE THAN $262 MILLION INTO CATASTROPHE RESERVE TRUST FUND

On March 31, 2015, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) transferred $262.7 million into the Catastrophe Reserve Trust Fund (CRTF), as a result of its 2014 operations.

From Texas Windstorm Insurance Association


April 6, 2015

TEXAS RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: RETIRED TEACHERS TO ASK LAWMAKERS TO IMPROVE TRS FUNDING

More than 1000 retired public educators will arrive at the State Capitol on the morning of Wednesday, April 8 to implore legislators to improve funding for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) retiree health insurance program, TRS-Care. House Bill 2 (Otto) and Senate Bill 1993 (Nelson) provide for an additional $768 million for the program, which will become insolvent by January 2016 without the infusion of money.

From Texas Retired Teachers Association


April 6, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON GOOD FRIDAY, PASSOVER

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement today in observance of Good Friday and Passover: “This week, Christians are observing Good Friday to commemorate the final moments leading to the crucifixion, and members of the Jewish community are celebrating Passover and their emancipation from enslavement in ancient Egypt.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 2, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: MAKES VETERANS LEGISLATION A PRIORITY, PASSES FOUR BILLS OUT OF THE TEXAS SENATE

Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) continued her campaign for Texas Veterans, moving four bills through the Senate and on to the House that provide targeted assistance in employment, higher education, homestead taxes, and mental health.

From Senator Donna Campbell


April 2, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF STATES' CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DEFINE MARRIAGE

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today joined with the Attorneys General of fourteen other states to file an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a federal appeals court’s ruling that affirmed the states’ constitutional authority to refuse to allow same-sex marriages or recognize existing same-sex marriages performed in other states.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 2, 2015

TEXAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE: LAUNCHES 'BIG GOVERNMENT INDEX' TRACKING THE STATE ASSAULT ON LOCAL CONTROL

The Texas Municipal League has created a tracking list of more than 70 bills in the current legislative session that would overrule decisions made at the local level by communities throughout the state.

From Texas Municipal League


April 2, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER DAVID PORTER OUTLINES ENERGY POLICY TO TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

Railroad Commissioner David Porter today addressed the current state of the oil and gas industry, as well as future developments in Texas energy policy, to students at Texas A&M University School of Law.

From Texas Railroad Commission


April 2, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT AWARDS 2015 GOVERNOR'S SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CHAMPIONS ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIPS

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the 43 students who won competitions at the 2015 Texas Science and Engineering Fair, held last weekend in San Antonio, have been awarded scholarships to attend the Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy this summer at Texas A&M University.

From Office of the Governor


April 2, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN MEYER: TEXAS HOUSE PASSES CONSERVATIVE TWO-YEAR BUGET

Early Wednesday morning, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 1 and took an important step toward finalizing a balanced and fiscally responsible budget for the next two years.

From Representative Morgan Meyer


April 2, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JIM KEFFER: AND TEXAS HOUSE PASS CONSERVATIVE STATE BUDGET

Yesterday, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 1& House Bill 2, which represent a major step towards establishing the state budget for the next two years.

From Representative Jim Keffer


April 2, 2015

TEXAS DENTAL ACCESS COALITION: DIVERSE COALITION GROWS SUPPORT FOR FREE-MARKET SOLUTION TO IMPROVE DENTAL CARE ACCESS IN TEXAS

Americans  for  Tax  Reform  and  Methodist  Healthcare  Ministries  of  South  Texas  Inc.  are   joining  the  Texas  Dental  Access  Coalition  to  support  a  free-­?market  solution  to  the  state’s  problem  of  oral   health  access.

From Texas Dental Access Coalition


April 2, 2015

PETE GALLEGO CAMPAIGN: GALLEGO ANNOUNCES RUN FOR TX23

Today, Pete Gallego announced that he will be running for Congress in TX23. "Taking on another campaign when I have a young son at home is not easy, but Congress is more broken than ever.

From Pete Gallego Campaign


April 2, 2015

SENATOR BOB HALL: AN INTERSTATE COMPACT FOR BORDER SECURITY

The refusal of the federal government to protect our national borders and enforce federal immigration laws has facilitated the unnecessary loss of thousands of lives and millions of dollars in property.

From Senator Bob Hall


April 2, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: HOUSE PASSES FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE STATE BUDGET

Today, the Texas House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in support of a balanced and fiscally responsible budget. House Bill 1 (also referred to as the General Appropriations Bill) funds state operations for the next two years while staying below the constitutional spending cap and increasing spending by less than 2 percent per year.

From Representative Ron Simmons


April 1, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: DFPS OVERHAUL CLEARS SENATE COMMITTEE, HEADS TO FLOOR FOR VOTE

On Child Protection Day at the Texas Capitol, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services gives unanimous approval to Schwertner's plan to enact sweeping new reforms at the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

From Senator Charles Schwertner


April 1, 2015

STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY: ADMIRAL BILL MCRAVEN MAY UNDERSTAND GUNS, BUT HE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND CONCEALED CARRY IN TEXAS

Retired Navy SEAL turned University of Texas Chancellor William H. McRaven may be an expert on the use of firearms in combat, but he has repeatedly demonstrated that Texas's concealed carry laws fall outside that area of expertise.

From Students for Concealed Carry


April 1, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SB 159, SUPPORTING DUAL LANGUAGE EDUCATION PROGRAMS, PASSES SENATE

Senator José Rodríguez's SB 159, which will help maintain and expand cutting-edge dual-language education in schools across the state, including programs in the El Paso Independent School District, has passed the Senate. It now moves to the Texas House.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


April 1, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: ISSUES RELEASE IN SUPPORT OF RIDESHARING LEGISLATION

In light of recent changes that pushed businesses out of San Antonio, the Texas Association of Business today urged state lawmakers to move quickly to support and pass House Bill 2440, legislation that defends against an onerous and conflicting patchwork of regulations that stifles economic opportunity and innovation and limits consumer choice in transportation.

From Texas Association of Business


April 1, 2015

TEXAS PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION: PETITION FOR PATIENT ACCESS REACHES 10,000

The Texas Physical Therapy Association announced today its online petition to support House Bill 1263 has reached 10,000 supporters. A surge in supporters, approximately 4,000, coincides with the recent launch of MyChoicePT.com, the hub of legislative information, milestones, testimonials and facts on potential impacts to patient access to physical therapy.

From Texas Physical Therapy Association


April 1, 2015

SENATOR CARLOS URESTI: LET'S ALL RE-COMMIT TO ENDING CHILD ABUSE

Senator Carlos Uresti addressed the crowd gathered at the State Capitol today for the Child Abuse Prevention Month rally. “April is Child Abuse Prevention Month--a time to amplify the urgency of helping children in difficult situations. We must all re-commit ourselves to ending child abuse and neglect in Texas.” said Uresti.

From Senator Carlos Uresti


April 1, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES SB 200

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee today approved SB 200 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the Sunset legislation for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).

From Senator Jane Nelson


April 1, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: PASSES "RIGHT TO HUNT & FISH" OUT OF SENATE

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton's "Right to Hunt & Fish Act" passed to engrossment in the Senate. Filed as Senate Joint Resolution 22, this constitutional amendment upholds and protects the right for Texans' to hunt and fish as a preferred method of managing and conserving the state's wildlife population.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


April 1, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S IRAN DEAL IS ONLY GETTING WORSE

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s negotiations with Iran. “The longer the Obama Administration stays at the negotiating table with Iran, the more concessions it makes,” said Sen. Cruz.

From Senator Ted Cruz


April 1, 2015

TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: REMINDS BUSINESSES OF APRIL 15 DEADLINE FOR FILING PROPERTY TAX RENDITIONS

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding business owners that April 15 is the deadline to file property tax renditions with their county appraisal districts.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


April 1, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: CONDEMNS COMMENTS COMPARING ANTI-LGBT BILLS TO PROTECTING JEWS FROM SERVING NEO-NAZIS

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is condemning offensive comments from Texas state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, that equate allowing individuals and businesses to use religion to discriminate with protecting Jewish and gay shop owners from serving people who hate them. TFN is issuing the following statement from Miller:

From Texas Freedom Network


April 1, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: APRIL MARKS NATIONAL SAFE DIGGING MONTH

Yesterday, the Senate Business and Commerce Committee heard Senate Bill 900, authored by Senator Larry Taylor and co-authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa that relates to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA).

From Texas Railroad Commission


April 1, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SB 900 REGARDING WINDSTORM INSURANCE REFORM HEARD IN BUSINESS AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE

As Texans begin spring planting and outdoor projects, it is an important time to remind the public they must call 811 before digging and follow safe practices to help prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 1, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: TO HOST THIRD ANNUAL TEXAS AUTISM AWARENESS DAY AT THE CAPITOL

On Thursday, April 2, Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) will host the third annual Autism Awareness Day at the Capitol. Rep. Larry Gonzales (R- Round Rock) and leaders and families will join Rep. Simmons to mark the occasion, which coincides with World Autism Awareness Day.

From Representative Ron Simmons


April 1, 2015

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF TX HOUSE BUDGET

The Texas House of Representatives passed its version of the state budget, HB 1, after a lengthy debate. CPPP Executive Director Ann Beeson released the following statement:

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


April 1, 2015

TEXAS AFT: STATEMENT ON HERRERO VOUCHER AMENDMENT

Louis Malfaro, president of the 65,000-member Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, commented today on a House budget amendment that would have prohibited funding of private-school vouchers:

From Texas AFT


April 1, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TAN PARKER: TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ADOPTS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE TWO-YEAR STATE SPENDING PLAN

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 1 and took an important step toward finalizing a budget that will be balanced and fiscally responsible. The Texas House was able to adopt the final product after nearly 18 hours of debate, and consideration of more than 300 floor amendments.

From Representative Tan Parker


April 1, 2015

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: BURTON PASSES HER FIRST BILL OF THE 84TH LEGISLATURE

Senator Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) today passed her first bill of the 84th Legislature. Senate Bill 390, designed to ensure justice for victims of crime under the age of 14, passed the Texas Senate with unanimous support.

From Konni Burton Campaign


April 1, 2015

SENATOR DREW DARBY: ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT BETWEEN TEXAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE AND TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION ON C.S.H.B. 40

Today, State Representative Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) met with the Texas Municipal League and the Texas Oil and Gas Association to sign a good faith agreement on the committee substitute to House Bill 40.

From Senator Drew Darby


April 1, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: PASSES FIRST BILL AS STATE SENATOR

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton passed his first bill as a state senator, Senate Bill 761. This bill repeals the additional two percent tax on almost 1,500 businesses that sell fireworks in the state of Texas.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


April 1, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY ON EQUAL PAY, HOUSE REPUBLICANS VOTE NO

During today’s House budget debate, Democratic Representative Mary Edna González offered amendment # 20 to create an annual report comparing the salaries of men and women at Texas state agencies. While the measure drew bipartisan support, the majority of House Republicans voted no on the amendment (RV #112).

From Texas Democratic Party


April 1, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: PASSES KEY COMPONENT OF HIS BORDER SECURITY PACKAGE

Senator Van Taylor today passed out of the Texas Senate a key component of his legislative agenda aimed at securing our border and stopping illegal immigration. By a vote of 23-7, the Senate passed SB 850, The National Guard Personal Protection Act, granting Texas military personnel legal safeguards to protect themselves while being called upon to serve our state.

From Senator Van Taylor


April 1, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: RESPONDS TO DOJ INVESTIGATION INTO TEXAS TRUANCY LAWS

Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) releases the following statement regarding today's announcement that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) would begin an investigation into Texas truancy laws: "I am pleased that the Department of Justice has begun looking into Texas' truancy system," said Senator Ellis.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


April 1, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON: TEXAS PROTECTS CONSUMERS' PRIVATE INFORMATION

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement after today’s conclusion of the four-day bankruptcy hearing regarding RadioShack: “We’re pleased that RadioShack has tabled plans to offer for sale the personal identifiable information of its customers.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 1, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: INFECTIOUS DISEASE PREPAREDNESS PLAN PASSES THE TEXAS SENATE

This afternoon, the Texas Senate gave its approval to SB 538 by Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), which makes a number of key reforms to the way the state of Texas manages and responds to dangerous infectious disease outbreaks.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


April 1, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: PRO-LIFE PROTECTIONS OFFERED BUDGET DAY FOR THE 2015 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION IN THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Four years ago, on April 1, 2011, Texas Right to Life launched a landmark effort to defund the abortion industry in Texas. This strategy was the product of five years of studying federal guidelines, finding the funds, reviewing the contract eligibility, and identifying programs for reallocation.

From Texas Right to Life


April 1, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: FIRST LADY CECILIA ABBOTT ADDRESSES MCMURRY UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott delivered the keynote speech at the McMurry University Women's Leadership Luncheon today. The luncheon celebrates outstanding women leaders and honors the recipient of the Dr. Sandra S. Harper Women's Leadership Scholarship, which is awarded each year to a student at McMurry University.

From Office of the Governor


April 1, 2015

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: STATEMENT ON GRAND JURY

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement after the release of a report by a Travis County grand jury that recommended removal of UT System Regent Wallace L. Hall, Jr., but stopped short of indicting him:

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


April 1, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS: CONTESTED CASE REFORM ENSURES EFFICIENT, FAIR, COMPETITIVE PUBLIC PROCESS

Several members of a broad coalition of economic development and business groups testified today in support of proposed reforms to the state’s contested case process that will enhance Texas’ economic competitiveness through predictability, while preserving public participation in the permitting process at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, according to the Texas Association of Manufacturers, a member of the coalition. House Bill 1865 by Chairman Geanie Morrison and Senate Bill 709 by Chairman Troy Fraser were heard in committee today.

From Texas Association of Manufacturers


April 1, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON SUES PUBLICATION RENEWAL COMPANIES FOR VIOLATING STATE CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today filed an enforcement action against three corporations based in Oregon for misleading Texas consumers into paying for publication subscription renewals the corporations were not authorized to sell.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 1, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ADDRESSES TEXAS POLICE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Governor Greg Abbott visited Galveston today to address the Texas Police Chiefs Association's Annual Conference. Governor Abbott was introduced by his hometown police chief, Retired Chief of Police Michael Courville of the Duncanville Police Department.

From Office of the Governor


April 1, 2015

TDP: HOUSE DEMOCRATS' TOP FIVE BEST BUDGET AMENDMENTS

Today, the Texas House is poised to debate the biennial budget. The contrast between Democratic and Republican amendments could not be stark. While Republicans continue to cater to their fringe base, Democrats are working together to find commonsense solutions that focus on Texas families.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 1, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE PASSES CONTRACTING REFORM LEGISLATION

The Texas Senate today unanimously passed SB 20 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to reform state contracting practices to ensure it is transparent, accountable and competitive.

From Senator Jane Nelson


April 1, 2015

PROGRESS TEXAS: STATE BUDGET A BAD DEAL FOR TEXAS FAMILIES

Today, the Texas House of Representatives will debate the state budget. Crafted by Republican elected officials, the budget leaves $19 billion in available funds unspent – including $11 billion in the Rainy Day Fund and $8 billion in cash sitting in the bank that conservative lawmakers simply decided not to spend.

From Progress Texas


April 1, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN: HONORS GEORGE P. BUSH AND ESTABLISHES LATINO RESEARCH INITIATIVE

The University of Texas at Austin has launched a new Latino Research Initiative in conjunction with presenting the university’s first Latino Leadership Award to Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

From The University of Texas at Austin


April 1, 2015

VINSON & ELKINS LLP: ADDS FORMER TOP TEXAS ENERGY REGULATOR BARRY SMITHERMAN AS PARTNER

Barry Smitherman, former chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas and the Public Utility Commission of Texas, will join Vinson & Elkins effective April 1 as a partner in its nationally renowned Energy Regulatory practice.

From Vinson & Elkins, LLP.


April 1, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: TEXAS IN LEAGUE OF ITS OWN ON ANTI-LGBT BILLS

While outrage grows over potential discrimination allowed by religious refusal laws in Indiana and other states, Texas lawmakers are considering at least 20 bills in the current legislative session that would subject lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to discrimination and even criminal prosecution.

From Texas Freedom Network


April 1, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: STATEMENT ON HHSC STRIKE FORCE REPORT

Today Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-147) released the following statement in response to recommendations made in the Health and Human Services Commission strike force report: "I agree with the strike force's recommendation to dial back HHSC consolidation.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


April 1, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL-LABELING BILL

State Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement on the debate regarding SB 6, which would label schools on an A-F scale: During the HB 5 negotiations last session, the concern about rating campuses A-F was that it would cause already struggling schools to fail further because parents would withdraw their children, eventually leading to school closures and subsequent negative effects to the local neighborhood.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


April 1, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK ON PUBLIC SCHOOL PERFORMANCE AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT LEGISLATION

Today the Texas Senate passed two critical pieces of school reform legislation; Senate Bill 6 (SB 6) by Senator Larry Taylor and Senate Bill 13 (SB 13) by Senator Charles Perry, et al.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 1, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON HHSC STRIKE FORCE REPORT

Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement regarding the report released today by the strike force he deployed to conduct a review of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission:

From Office of the Governor


April 1, 2015

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: SUPPORTS GOV. ABBOTT'S STRIKE FORCE' RECOMMENDATION AGAINST HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CONSOLIDATION

Today's recommendation from Gov. Abbott's "strike force" against the proposed consolidation of Texas health and human services agencies reinforces the concerns that the Center for Public Policy Priorities has identified in its analysis of what consolidation would mean for Texans.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


April 1, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: GREG ABBOTT SHARES RESPONSIBILITY FOR SCANDAL

"Greg Abbott helped create the scandal at the Health and Human Services Commission and shouldn't be allowed to hide behind the work of the new task force. Abbott needs to explain his own negligence and failure to do his job in the first place.

From Lone Star Project


April 1, 2015

TEXAS WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE COALITION: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION REPORT SHOWS SHARP DECREASE IN WOMEN SERVED BY TEXAS WOMEN'S HEALTH PROGRAM: 2011-2013

The number of women served by the state-funded Texas Women’s Health Program dropped precipitously between fiscal years (FY) 2011 and 2013, according to a recently released report from the state Health and Human Services Commission.

From Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition


April 1, 2015

TEXAS PIPELINE ASSOCIATION: ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS REVEALS FLAWS IN EPA'S PROPOSAL TO REVISE CURRENT OZONE STANDARD

According to a newly released environmental analysis, Ozone NAAQS Proposed Rule – Evaluation of the Science, the EPA’s recommendation to lower the current ozone standard is unsubstantiated by the evidence provided by the agency.

From Texas Pipeline Association


April 1, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: LAUNCHES 'SAVE OUR SCREENINGS'

Today, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes launches Save Our Screenings, a campaign to inform and motivate Texans to take action against the Texas Senate’s proposal to reduce access to lifesaving Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


April 1, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: FIRST LADY CECILIA ABBOTT ADDRESSES 2015 TEXAS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today addressed the 2015 Texas Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio where she offered encouragement and congratulations to the participating students. Following her remarks, First Lady Abbott toured the science fair, viewing exhibits and visiting with students.

From Office of the Governor


March 27, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: MANO Y CORAZON HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE TO BE HIGHLIGHTED AT NATIONAL HISPANIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

The Mano y Corazón health care education platform developed by Senator José Rodríguez’ Health Care District Advisory Committee will be presented at the 19th annual conference of the National Hispanic Medical Association in Washington, DC on March 28, 2015.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 27, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SENATE PASSES $4.6 BILLION TAX RELIEF PACKAGE BENEFITTING HOMEOWNERS AND SMALL BUSINESS

This week, the Texas Senate passed a $4.6 billion tax relief package to benefit our homeowners and small businesses. Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was proud to joint author SB 1, SB7, and SB 8, legislation to provide critical tax relief to our Texas taxpayers.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


March 27, 2015

TEXAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION: STATE EMPLOYEES REPORT STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET ON CURRENT PAY

The Texas Public Employees Association’s biennial survey confirms that state employees are willing to share the burden of shoring up the Employees Retirement System pension fund—but many respondents also report struggling to support their families on their current state salaries.

From Texas Public Employees Association


March 27, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CULBERSON: STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF HOUSE BUDGET

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement on this week’s House passage of the Balanced Budget for a Stronger America Act (H.Con.Res. 27): “I supported the House budget because it is designed to cut $5.5 trillion in spending and balance the federal budget in less than 10 years, while giving Congress the tools we need to totally repeal Obamacare and prevent the looming bankruptcy of Medicare and Social Security.

From Representative John Culberson


March 27, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DWAYNE BOHAC: ANNOUNCES HONORARY PAGES FOR 84TH SESSION

State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R- Houston) is pleased to announce the names of the students who will be serving as honorary pages during the 84th Legislative Session. The honorary pages will accompany the Texas House pages to interface with Representatives and staff on the House floor and around the Capitol complex.

From Representative Dwayne Bohac


March 27, 2015

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: STATEMENT: "DISAPPOINTMENT IS NOT DEFEAT"

Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Austin I. King, MD, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s decision to delay until after its Easter recess consideration of the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act that passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming margin on Thursday.

From Texas Medical Association


March 27, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: BILLS BY SEN. RODRIGUEZ TO STRENGTHEN PROTECTIVE ORDERS AND PENALIZE PREDATORS VOTED OUT OF SENATE

The Texas Senate Wednesday passed Senate Bills 147 and 630 by state Sen. José Rodríguez. The bills would add certain types of predatory criminals to categories of people whose penalties are enhanced for violating protective orders, and add to the period of time during which bond conditions in family violence and assault cases apply.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 27, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: FENVES NAMED FINALIST FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has named Gregory L. Fenves the sole finalist for the presidency of The University of Texas at Austin. The regents voted to select Fenves at a special board meeting Friday.

From The University of Texas System


March 27, 2015

TEXAS EXES: STATEMENT FROM SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON ON UT-AUSTIN PRESIDENT FINALIST

"We congratulate the Board of Regents and Chancellor McRaven on selecting Provost Greg Fenves as UT-Austin's next president after a thorough nationwide search.

From Texas Exes


March 27, 2015

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: APPLAUDS SELECTION OF GREG FENVES TO LEAD UT AUSTIN

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement after the UT System Board of Regents selected Gregory L. Fenves, the current provost and executive vice president of UT Austin, as the sole finalist to replace outgoing UT Austin President Bill Powers:

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


March 27, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON FEBRUARY JOBS NUMBERS

The Texas Workforce Commission today announced that Texas added 7,100 jobs in the month of February, with the unemployment dropping to 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in January 2015. Following the release, Governor Abbott issued the following statement:

From Office of the Governor


March 27, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: WE NEED MEANINGFUL ENTITLEMENT REFORM

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the fiscal year 2016 budget resolution: “I congratulate the Senate on its passage of a budget for the first time in years, and I commend my colleagues for their efforts to try to mitigate the unrealistic spending increases and continually expanding deficits proposed by the President,” said Sen. Cruz.

From Senator Ted Cruz


March 27, 2015

A TEXAS ADVISORY COUNCIL ON ARSON: HONORS TEXAS FIRE INVESTIGATORS

A Texas Advisory Council on Arson (ATAC) honored two Texas fire investigators last night for their years of service and accomplishments. The two honored were Azle Fire Marshal Kenneth Wilson and Lt. Lorenzo Chavez, a fire investigator with the Irving Fire Department.

From A Texas Advisory Council on Arson


March 27, 2015

CENTRAL TEXAS WATER COALITION: ORGANIZATION RECOMMENDS WATER POLICY ROADMAP TO TEXAS LEGISLATURE

Reinforcing that recent rains have not solved the state’s continuing water crisis, the Central Texas Water Coalition (CTWC) has released the “Texas Water Crisis: A Policy Roadmap” as a guide to the development of water policies for the future.

From Central Texas Water Coalition


March 27, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: COURT GRANTS GENERAL PAXTON'S REQUEST FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION TO HALT OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSED FMLA RULE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement after a federal district court granted the state’s request for preliminary injunction on the Obama Administration’s attempt to revise the definition of “spouse” in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA):

From Office of the Attorney General


March 26, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT REGARDING EDUCATION VOUCHERS DEBATE IN COMMITTEE TODAY

Today the Senate Committee on Education heard SB 4, SB 276, and SB 642, bills that would essentially take money from public schools to fund private schools. State Sen. José Rodríguez issued the following statement:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TURNER: ETHICS MEASURES AIMED AT INCREASING TRANSPARENCY BY ELECTED OFFICIALS MOVING THROUGH LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

This week, state Representative Chris Turner presented three measures before House committees, all of which would increase ethics and transparency in state government.

From Representative Chris Turner


March 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DUSTIN BURROWS: ANNOUNCES UPCOMING TOWN HALL MEETINGS

State Representative Dustin Burrows has announced that he will be hosting the following Town Hall Meetings on Saturday, March 28th, 2015:

From Representative Dustin Burrows


March 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CULBERSON: BILL FREES STATES FROM OBAMACARE

On the same week that the Administration celebrated the five-year anniversary of Obamacare, Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) introduced the Health Insurance Freedom Act (H.R. 1664), which would allow state insurance commissioners the option of offering insurance plans cancelled as a result of the failed health care law.

From Representative John Culberson


March 26, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: ANNOUNCES LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO RECEIVE OVER $27 MILLION FOR WASTE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Today, the Texas Water Development Board, approved over $27 million for the City of Mission and Agua Special Utility District (Agua SUD) in western Hidalgo County. The loans approved today will provide $19.6 million for the City of Mission and another $8.2 million for the Agua Special Utility District that services rural portions of western Hidalgo County.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


March 26, 2015

TEXAS STATE SECURITIES BOARD: NORTH TEXAS COMPANY ORDERED TO STOP FRAUDULENT OFFERING OF OIL ROYALTY RIGHTS

Securities Commissioner John Morgan entered an Emergency Cease and Desist Order March 25 prohibiting Lonestar Mineral Assets LLC and Kenneth Wayne McKay from illegally offering for sale unregistered investments in mineral royalty rights and not disclosing information about McKay’s background, which included a criminal conviction for securities fraud.

From Texas State Securities Board


March 26, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER RYAN SITTON TO BE HONORED WITH TEXAS A&M OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD

Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton is being honored tonight with the Outstanding Alumni Honor Award at Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering. This award recognizes former A&M engineering students who have brought honor to their profession through outstanding leadership in engineering activities, enhancing the professional development of engineers, and ingenuity in the field of engineering.

From Texas Railroad Commission


March 26, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS MOURN THE PASSING OF STATE DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEWOMAN MARY EDWARDS

Earlier this week, Senate District 10 Committeewoman and great Texas Democrat Mary Edwards passed away in Fort Worth. Edwards worked for Texas State Representative Lon Burnam for 18 years, served on the executive board of the Tarrant County Central Labor Council, and was an active member of the Tarrant County Democratic Party and Texas Democratic Party.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 26, 2015

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: LONG TERM CARE FRONTLINE NURSES URGE LEGISLATORS TO HELP ADVANCE QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS AND FULLY FUND MEDICAID RATE FOR VULNERABLE ELDERLY

Frontline caregivers in nursing homes across the state met at the Capitol today with lawmakers who will determine whether or not the Medicaid rate for skilled nursing care will be fully funded for 2016-2017. State estimates indicate the current Medicaid rate for long term care is underfunded by $343 million.

From Texas Health Care Association


March 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TOM CRADDICK: TEXTING-WHILE-DRIVING BAN IS LONG OVERDUE

On Nov. 10, 2009, Alex Brown died in a single-car rollover crash on her way to Seagraves High School in West Texas. She was distracted by text messages on her phone. One life lost unnecessarily. Her family mourned her death. The nation mourned with them.

From Representative Tom Craddick


March 26, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: VOUCHER BILLS REPRESENT RECKLESS EFFORTS TO CUT FUNDING TO NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller today called proposed bills under consideration in the Senate Education Committee today reckless and even cynical schemes to shift funding from neighborhood public schools to private and religious schools.

From Texas Freedom Network


March 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TOM CRADDICK: HOUSE BILL 80 PASSED BY THE TEXAS HOUSE

The Alex Brown Memorial Act, a bill to enact a statewide ban on texting while driving, was passed by the Texas House of Representatives and will be sent to the Texas Senate for consideration. Rep. Tom Craddick and the bill's joint authors, Rep. Byron Cook, Rep. Patricia Harless, Rep. Eddie Lucio III, and Rep. Gene Wu saw House Bill 80 receive overwhelming support from the Texas House during the debate on second and third readings.

From Representative Tom Craddick


March 26, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS STAND FOR PROVEN EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES, NOT VOUCHER GIMMICKS

Today, the Texas Senate Committee on Education is debating S.B. 4, S.B. 276, and S.B. 642, the Republican private school voucher bills. Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Emmanuel Garcia issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


March 26, 2015

TEXAS STATE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: FUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS; DONT' WASTE TAX DOLLARS ON VOUCHERS

The Texas State Teachers Association today reaffirmed its strong opposition to both voucher bills, SB4 and SB276, set for hearing before the Senate Education Committee.

From Texas State Teachers Association


March 26, 2015

ADVANCED ENERGY MANAGEMENT ALLIANCE: TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF DEMAND RESPONSE LEGISLATION

The Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) on Wednesday urged the House State Affairs Committee to pass legislation that would remove constraints to the use of demand response in Texas, empowering more Texans to control their own electricity usage at times when the state’s electric grid is under stress and prices are high.

From Advanced Energy Management Alliance


March 26, 2015

COALITION FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: PROPOSED TAX-BASED VOUCHER SCHEMES SET TO BE HEARD IN SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Several proposed new private school voucher schemes represent a massive tax-giveaway that would drain hundreds of millions of dollars each year from neighborhood public schools to subsidize tuition at private and religious schools, mostly benefiting wealthy families.

From Coalition for Public Schools


March 26, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: VOTES AGAINST PRIORITIZING TAX BREAKS FOR THE FEW OVER FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS

Today, the Texas Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 1 and Senate Bills 1, 7 and 8. Taken together, these bills give limited tax breaks for the few while reducing the available funding for public education by $4.6 billion over the next two years.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 26, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: SMALL BUSINESS TAX RELIEF ACT PASSES THE TEXAS SENATE

This afternoon, the Small Business Tax Relief Act (SB 8) authored by Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 24-7. Under the provisions of the bill, SB 8 will establish a permanent $4 million total revenue exemption from the state's business franchise tax and provide critical tax relief for tens of thousands of Texas businesses.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


March 26, 2015

TEXAS COALITION FOR AFFORDABLE INSURANCE SOLUTIONS: APPLAUDS TEXAS HOUSE FOR PASSING TEXTING WHILE DRIVING BAN

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions (TCAIS) lauded passage Wednesday by the Texas House of Representatives of HB 80 by state Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland), which would ban texting while driving.

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions


March 26, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: HELPS SENATE PASS WHAT WOULD BE THE LARGEST TAX CUT IN TEXAS HISTORY

Senator Van Taylor today helped pass what, if enacted, would be the largest tax cut in Texas history through the State Senate. A co-author of the tax package passed this afternoon, Taylor has been outspoken in his support for lower taxes and less government.

From Senator Van Taylor


March 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON OBJECTS TO SALE OF TEXANS' PERSONAL DATA IN RADIOSHACK BANKRUPTCY CASE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed an objection to the proposed sale of the personally identifiable information of 117 million RadioShack customers. General Paxton released the following statement:

From Office of the Attorney General


March 25, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVES SB 18

The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 18 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to address Texas' medical workforce needs by expanding graduate medical education (GME). The bill will now move before the full Senate.

From Senator Jane Nelson


March 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: TODAY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE FRANCHISE TAX

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick commends the Texas Senate for delivering true tax relief for homeowners and businesses. Senate Bill 1(SB 1), Senate Joint Resolution 1(SJR 1), Senate Bill 7 and Senate Bill 8 (SB 7 & SB 8) passed out of the Senate floor with strong support.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 25, 2015

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES: SENATE PASSES TAX RELIEF PACKAGE ONTO THE HOUSE

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)/Texas, the state’s leading small business association, issued the following statement in response to today’s Senate passage of SB1, SJR 1, SB7, and SB8.

From National Federation of Independent Business


March 25, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: BILL SUPPORTING DUAL LANGUAGE EDUCATION PASSES COMMITTEE

Senator José Rodríguez's SB 159, which will help maintain and expand cutting-edge dual-language education in schools across the state, including programs in the El Paso Independent School District, has passed a key hurdle after being voted out of committee this week.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


March 25, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE PASSES TAX RELIEF BILLS

The Texas Senate today passed SB 1, SJR 1 and SB 7 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to provide approximately $4 billion in tax relief to Texas homeowners and businesses. "This money doesn't belong to the government. It belongs to the taxpayers, and we need to remember that as we continue working on a budget that meets our needs and gives the rest back to the people who earned it," Senator Nelson said.

From Senator Jane Nelson


March 25, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: MEET THE STATE'S NEEDS BEFORE CUTTING TAXES

Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) releases the following statement regarding today's debate on a number of tax cut bills. "I'm for responsible tax fairness as much as anyone in the Senate," said Senator Ellis.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


March 25, 2015

EPA: AUSTIN, DFW AND HOUSTON BUSINESSES SAVED $145 MILLION WITH ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

Three of Texas’ major metropolitan areas are embracing energy efficiency to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by meeting EPA’s Energy Star requirements. Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston jointly have over 500 buildings with Energy Star certifications—saving a combined $145 million.

From EPA


March 25, 2015

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, released the following statement Wednesday about House efforts to reform the state’s school finance system: "I want to applaud and thank Chairman Aycock and his team of Members for their efforts to improve our school finance system.

From Speaker Joe Straus


March 25, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: ROBIN HOOD PLAN GETS OVERHAUL FOR IMPROVEMENT

Representative Helen Giddings (D-Dallas) joined several of her colleagues in the announcement of House Bill 1759 (by Aycock) which would improve the existing system of school finance, often referred to as "the Robin Hood" plan.

From Representative Helen Giddings


March 25, 2015

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: CALLS ON CONGRESS TO SUPPORT CHIP FUNDING

Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, released the following statement: "The Center for Public Policy Priorities strongly supports HR 2 and encourages the Texas delegation of the U.S. House to support this critical bill to support the popular Children's Health Insurance Program and other vital health services.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


March 25, 2015

TRAVIS COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR AND VOTER REGISTRAR: ELFANT RESPONDS TO TRAVIS COUNTY'S NEW PACE PROGRAM THAT WILL HELP BUSINESS PROPERTY OWNERS, ENVIRONMENT

Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE), enacted during the 2013 Texas Legislature with support from both sides of the aisle, is expected to unlock a considerable amount of private funding for clean energy projects in the state.

From Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar


March 25, 2015

PUBLIC CITIZEN: PEDERNALES ELECTRIC CO-OP EXPANDS AFFORDABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS

The cost of solar energy has dropped so much that the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the nation’s largest electric cooperative, which serves a large area to the west of Austin, has announced a plan to significantly expand investment in this clean, affordable energy source.

From Public Citizen


March 25, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: HOUSE BILL 1745 REPRESENTS A LEGISLATIVE TEMPER TANTRUM BY LAWMAKERS OPPOSED TO FREEDOM TO MARRY

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller today criticized proposed legislation that would bar state and local officials from enforcing a Supreme Court order to issue marriage licenses or otherwise recognize marriage for same-sex couples.

From Texas Freedom Network


March 25, 2015

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: NURSING HOME PROVIDERS STRONGLY URGE LEGISLATORS TO PROTECT ELDERLY AND THEIR CAREGIVERS BY OPPOSING GUN BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW HANDGUNS IN ELDERCARE FACILITIES

Stressing the need to protect vulnerable elderly, their family members and the skilled nursing staff who care for frail seniors, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) testified in opposition today to House Bill 308, legislation that would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns in certain locations, including Texas nursing homes.

From Texas Health Care Association


March 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT DIRECTS DFPS TO IMPLEMENT NEW CHILD SAFETY MEASURES

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner John Specia directing the agency to implement comprehensive reforms to the state’s foster care and child protective services following the death of three children under DFPS supervision in the first three months of 2015.

From Office of the Governor


March 25, 2015

ANNIE'S LIST: PROUDLY ENDORSES INA MINJAREZ FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 124

Today, Annie’s List – the leading organization in Texas dedicated to electing progressive Democratic women – proudly endorsed Ina Minjarez for State Representative in Texas State House District 124.

From Annie's List


March 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE WILL VIGOROUSLY OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT'S ILLEGAL AMNESTY

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement regarding the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals setting a date for oral arguments on the U.S. Department of Justice’s motion to stay the preliminary injunction of the president’s immigration executive action:

From Office of the Attorney General


March 24, 2015

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: APPLAUDS SENATE COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF SB 1165

“On behalf of the state’s biggest job creating sector, the Texas Oil & Gas Association applauds the Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee for passing SB 1165, which clarifies the responsibilities of cities and the state for regulating the oil and gas industry.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


March 24, 2015

TEXAS AFT: HOUSE BUDGET MOVES FORWARD

House budget writers have taken several important steps forward for public education in the two budget bills passed today by the House Appropriations Committee, but they can and should do more as this budget package moves forward.

From Texas AFT


March 24, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: BILL AUTHORIZING THE TERMINATION OF CONTRACTS FOR FALSIFIED MILITARY RECORDS PASSES THE TEXAS SENATE

Senator Van Taylor today passed Senate Bill 664, the Stolen Valor Act, by unanimous vote in the Texas Senate. This bill authorizes an employer to fire an employee, or terminate a contract, if the employer reasonably determines that the employee or contractor falsified their military record.

From Senator Van Taylor


March 24, 2015

CONCERNED CITIZENS OF TEXAS GULF COAST: THERE ARE LIES; DAMNED LIES; AND S.T.O.R.M. LIES

After multiple Republican elected officials declined to carry legislation that would take away access to public certified oyster harvest areas - as well as many other activities enjoyed by recreational and commercial fishermen - Democrat State Representative Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont) took the bait and filed HB 3335.

From Concerned Citizens of Texas Gulf Coast


March 24, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: LAUNCHES TWO NEW OIL AND GAS ONLINE FILING APPLICATIONS FOR OPERATORS

The Railroad Commission of Texas continues modernization and efficiency upgrades as part of its Information Technology Project with the launch of two more applications operators can complete and file online.

From Texas Railroad Commission


March 24, 2015

SUSTAINABLE TEXAS OYSTER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, LLC: COUNTY ATTORNEY DECLINES TO FILE CHARGES FOLLOWING FRIVOLOUS COMPLAINT BROUGHT BY WORLD'S LARGEST OYSTER SHIPPING COMPANY

The Chambers County Attorney has declined to file charges on the heels of a frivolous criminal complaint filed against the Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District (CLCND) over its lease of submerged land to Sustainable Texas Oyster Resource Management, LLC (STORM).

From Sustainable Texas Oyster Resource Management, LLC.


March 24, 2015

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: PRAISES COMMITTEE FOLLOWING UNANIMOUS BUDGET VOTE

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) released the following statement Tuesday following the House Appropriations Committee’s unanimous approval of House Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act: "I want to thank Chairman Otto, the subcommittee chairs and all of the members of the Appropriations Committee for their outstanding work on House Bill 1.

From Speaker Joe Straus


March 24, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE VOTES OUT HB1 AND HB2- KEY ITEMS INCLUDED FOR EL PASO

Today the House Appropriations Committee unanimously voted out House Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act, and House Bill 2, the Supplemental Appropriations Bill. The Committee has made significant progress with its vote to recommend these bills to the House.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


March 24, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT FILES AMICUS BRIEF CALLING ON COURT TO HALT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

Governor Greg Abbott has filed an amicus brief in opposition to the Obama administration's Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Appeal in the case to halt President Obama's executive amnesty.

From Office of the Governor


March 24, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS: SUPPORTS SB 481 TO EMPOWER CONSUMERS & TAKE SURPRISE OUT OF "BALANCE BILLING"

Today the Texas Senate Committee on Business & Commerce considered SB 481, introduced by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, which would address the practice of balance billing, a growing occurrence for Texas consumers who seek care at in-network facilities but are in fact treated by out-of-network providers at those facilities and later receive separate bills for charges not covered by their insurance.

From Texas Association of Health Plans


March 24, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: STATE SOVEREIGNTY RESOLUTION PASSES OUT OF COMMITTEE

This morning, Senator Brandon Creighton's signature state sovereignty resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, passed the Senate Committee on State Affairs by a vote of 7-0. "SCR 1 represents the growing sentiment that the federal government has continued to blatantly overreach its constitutional authority through multiple laws and mandates," said Senator Creighton.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


March 24, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ANDREW MURR: PRESENTS TWO MORE BILLS TO ENHANCE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS

Just prior to the final deadline for new legislation to be filed in the 84th Legislative Session, Representative Andrew Murr offered two more bills which, if passed, will enhance private property rights in District 53 and across the state.

From Representative Andrew Murr


March 23, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: MARRIAGE HAS BEEN CLEARY DEFINED BY TEXAS VOTERS

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today spoke to a crowd outside the Texas State Capitol about the importance of protecting marriage, as defined by Texas law and our Constitution. “In Texas, marriage has been clearly defined by our elected representatives and by a vote of the people, and more than three out of every four Texas voters defined marriage as between one man and one woman,” General Paxton said.

From Office of the Attorney General


March 23, 2015

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: BURTON ENDORSES TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT

Monday, Konni Burton endorsed Senator Ted Cruz in his presidential bid. The endorsement came on the heels of Senator Cruz’s formal announcement of his candidacy at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

From Konni Burton Campaign


March 23, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS RESPOND TO TED CRUZ'S ANNOUNCEMENT

Today, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for president of the United States at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal Kay Perkins issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


March 23, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: NEW STUDY RELEASES: RESTRICTING ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE JEOPARDIZES TEXAS WOMEN'S HEALTH

A new study about the impact of family planning funding cuts on access to preventive health care in Texas was published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study highlights the devastating consequences of dismantling prevention programs and the health care safety network of providers; and the real impact these attacks have had on Texas women over the years.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


March 23, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS BARNARD JUDGE OF 89TH DISTRICT COURT

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Charles M. Barnard of Wichita Falls as judge of the 89th District Court of Wichita County. He will replace Judge Mark Price, who passed away in February, for a term to expire at the next general election in November 2016.

From Office of the Governor


March 23, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: BORDER SECURITY

Last week the Texas House of Representatives passed a comprehensive border security bill that will significantly improve public safety in South Texas. H.B. 11 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, with only twelve members voting against it despite four hours of debate on the floor.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


March 23, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: JOINS AFRICAN AMERICAN PASTORS FOR TEXAS MARRIAGE RALLY

Today, at 1:00 p.m. Texans and legislators will stand together on the Texas Capitol steps for the Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, the keynote speaker, will be joined by Lt. Governor, Attorney General, over 100 elected Texas officials and Rev. William Owens, founder and president of Coalition of African American Pastors.

From Texas Values


March 23, 2015

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: NEW VIDEO: AERIAL IMAGES OVER TIME SHOW CITY-PERMITTED, RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ENCROACHING ON EXISTING WELLS

The Texas Oil & Gas Association released a new video today that shows aerial images of a neighborhood in Denton where the city permitted residential construction very close to existing wells, in stark contrast to the city’s own requirement for unreasonably large distances between wells and homes.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


March 23, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: CRUZ RUNNING IS ADDITION BY SUBTRACTION

"Ted Cruz will be spending his time raising money and traveling to early primary states rather than in the US Capitol or in Texas - I'd say that's addition by subtraction.

From Lone Star Project


March 23, 2015

PROGRESS TEXAS: TED CRUZ HAS A LATINO VOTER PROBLEM

Can he win more states than Mitt Romney did in 2012? Based on Cruz's thin electoral record, the answer appears to be a resounding "no." Based on electoral data obtained from the Texas Secretary of State, Ted Cruz has never demonstrated an ability to grow support among Latino voters.

From Progress Texas


March 23, 2015

CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS: CONSERVATIVES RALLY IN DEFENSE OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE

Conservative Republicans of Texas, Campaign for Texas Families, and other statewide conservative organizations, together with over 100 state and federal legislators are sponsoring a Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally at 1pm, March 23, 2015, on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol.

From Conservative Republicans of Texas


March 23, 2015

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF FORMER PRIME MINISTER LEE KUAN YEW

“Laura and I are saddened by the death of Lee Kuan Yew. The father of today's Singapore transformed his country and helped usher the ASEAN region into the modern era.

From President George W. Bush


March 20, 2015

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION: RECOVERS $10.5 MILLION IN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FRAUD IN 2014

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recovered a total of more than $10.5 million in fraudulent Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit claims during calendar year 2014 (CY2014) through its collection efforts combined with the State Comptroller’s warrant hold process and offsets to current UI benefit claims.

From Texas Workforce Commission


March 20, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO 2015-2016 STUDENT ASSESSMENT TESTING CALENDAR

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today notified Texas school districts and charters of significant changes to the Student Assessment testing calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.

From Texas Education Agency


March 20, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: FIRST LADY CECILIA ABBOTT VISITS IRVING, TOURS HALEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today visited Thomas Haley Elementary School in Irving, where she toured the school and met with the Principal and Irving ISD Superintendent, as well as teachers and students in several classrooms.

From Office of the Governor